I was looking for some help with my parts list for a new build. I am putting this together a a gift for Christmas. I want to try the i5 in order to keep costs down (I built two i7 builds over the summer). I can hit the local microcenter and get the I5 750 for $150. I am trying to keep to a 700-800 budget.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: today or tomorrow
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Internet browsing, no games at all unless you count my father playing Bejeweled!, some photo stuff,
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: reusing monitor and keyboard for now. Will upgrade later.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:newegg, I will get the CPU from Microcenter
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
Here is my parts list so far -->
Can someone say overkill? For just doing internet, you don't need an i5, discrete GPU, 550W PSU, or most of what's there. I'm also not seeing an HDD or an optical drive...
Go look at the "Recommended Builds by Usage" thread in the General Homebuilt section. The cheapest one is still overkill. I highly recommend looking at HP or Dell and buying something there for 1/4-1/2 the cost. If you want them to think you built it, buy the case and transfer all the parts. They won't know any different, and it won't affect their experience.
If you absolutely want to build one, look at the Core 2 Duos. That would be enough for what they're doing. Find a motherboard with onboard graphics and an HDMI out (most of them will have this). Grab a cheap set of 4 GB RAM. A 400W PSU would be more power than they need. Depending on storage needs, grab a 250 GB Western Digital or 500 GB Samsung Spinpoint F3. Any optical will do as long as it's a SATA drive.